One of the oddest tales this writer has ever reported on involves 1996’s box-office bomb The Island of Dr. Moreau, the third big-screen adaptation of H.G. Wells’ novel about a scientist who tries to turn animals into people. The movie was a passion project of director Richard Stanley who had made a splash with his debut movie, the sci-fi action film Hardware, and who assembled a remarkable cast for his Moreau, which included Val Kilmer, Marlon Brando, David Thewlis, Fairuza Balk, and Ron Perlman. After just a few days of principal photography, he was fired from the film and ultimately replaced by veteran auteur John Frankenheimer (The Manchurian Candidate), but allegedly returned to haunt the set disguised as one of Moreau’s semi-human beasts. Despite, or more likely because of, such dedication to the cause, Stanley hasn’t made a feature film since, and sci-fi fans have been left to ponder what might have happened with both the film and his career had he been left in charge of the project.
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In the new Canadian horror movie Septic Man, Jason David Brown plays a sewage worker who falls into a septic tank and gradually mutates into a monstrous beastie. Brown won Best Actor in a Horror Film award at last year’s Fantastic Fest genre festival for his performance—but this gross-out film is not one to watch while you’re eating. Then again…
Antonio Banderas has dabbled in science fiction with The Skin I Live In and the Spy Kids movies. But the Spanish actor goes full-on future-shock in his new film, Automata. Set half a century into the future, the film stars Banderas as an insurance agent who investigates cases of defective androids and, according to the official synopsis, “uncovers a truth that is far more complex than the make or model of any machine.”
[Warning: This item contains Guardians of the Galaxy spoilers]
As everyone knows who stuck around to watch the Guardians of the Galaxy post-credit sequence, the film concludes with a scene featuring Benicio Del Toro’s Collector and Howard the Duck. But, according to Guardians director James Gunn, one person who may still be unaware of this is Del Toro himself.
Both Kevin Smith’s Tusk and ABCs of Death 2 will screen at this year’s Fantastic Fest, it was announced today as the genre festival unveiled its first wave of programming. This will be the U.S. premiere of Smith’s Justin Long-starring horror movie and the world premiere of the terror anthology sequel, which features contributions from filmmakers E.L. Katz (Cheap Thrills), Larry Fessenden (Beneath), and the Soska sisters (American Mary, the forthcoming See No Evil 2).
How do you make one of the best low-budget horror movies of the past few years? With a lot of booze and no underwear. At least, that’s what the folks responsible for zombie film The Battery claim in the trailer for a making-of documentary—which will be included among the bonus extras when Scream Factory releases the film on Blu-ray and DVD, September 16.
Last week we brought you the first exclusive image of Norman Reedus and Djimon Hounsou from the upcoming film AIR (which is directed by Christian Cantamessa and produced by The Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman). And then we told you how Norman Reedus broke his toe during filming with an “unmanly move.” Now Reedus Nation will once again be in a frenzy as we present another exclusive image from the upcoming film featuring The Walking Dead favorite. In the photo, we see Reedus as Bauer, one of the two workers (along with Hounsou’s Cartwright) whose job is to maintain an underground bunker filled with sleep tanks set up to preserve the human race after the air outside has been rendered toxic. Naturally, complications arise. Reedus shared his thoughts on the film with us already, and now Robert Kirkman tells us how the movie came together and what to expect when it hits the big screen in the spring of 2015. (Also, make sure to click on the Full Size magnifying glass tab to see a larger high-res version of the photo.)
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While on break from The Walking Dead this past spring, Norman Reedus did a little moonlighting on a new movie being produced by his TWD buddy Robert Kirkman. That movie is called AIR, costars Djimon Hounsou, and will be released in the spring of 2015. But while telling Entertainment Weekly about the project, Reedus revealed that he got a bit more than he bargained for during filming. “I’m excited about the movie,” says Reedus. “The director, Christian Cantamessa, is going to be a huge director. And it was such a cool script and such a cool working environment. And Djimon is just awesome in the film. I’m excited for people to see it. It’s completely different from The Walking Dead, and we worked truly hard on that film. Actually, I broke my toe.”
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It might seem unfair to suggest the new horror movie Septic Man is going to stink, especially without having seen it—but the filmmakers probably won’t object on this occasion. Written by Tony Burgess (Pontypool) and directed by Jesse Thomas Cook (Monster Brawl) the movie stars Jason David Brown as a man who undergoes a hideous transformation after he is trapped in a septic tank.
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